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Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand makes my eyes hurt. She does this, not by the length of her six hundred thousand word diatribe, but rather by the frequency with which she ca...more
Aug 17, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Life of Pi
Feb 20, 2011
Nov 14, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
You know what I think is funny? This book is called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. That makes it sound pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Henr...more
Mar 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2011
“Where the White Whale, yo?”

Ah, my first DBR. And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show. Approaching a review of Moby-Dick in a stat...more
Nov 11, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
**spoiler alert** Hi, my name is Jake Epping and I’m a dull high school English teacher who has decided to go back in time to prevent JFK from being a...more
Jan 09, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
The Book Thief
I write this review under severe duress.

Three-star books are always difficult to review, aren’t they? They are difficult for me, mostly because I am s...more
Jul 18, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
The Art of Racing in the Rain
You know that guy who comes up to you when you’re having a bad day and says something like, “just think positive thoughts and good things will happen”...more
Dec 09, 2012
Mar 06, 2011
Cloud Atlas
At the Museum of Science in Boston, there is an exhibit just outside the doors of the Planetarium that demonstrates—through a series of adjacent panel...more
Aug 30, 2012
Apr 19, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
This is just a pithy review on the Harry Potter series as a whole. It is not an in-depth analysis of the work in general, nor is it a review on any on...more
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Oct 16, 2010
Cutting for Stone
The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.

It is statistically improbable that I will read a book as good...more
Jan 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2011
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
This book is two, two, two books in one!

Sorry, that was annoying. But it’s almost as if Erik Larson wrote two really short books—one about the 1893 Wo...more
Oct 02, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
Invisible Monsters
Quite possibly the most fucked up piece of literature I’ve ever read, this novel is a brilliantly executed train wreck from beginning to end.
Apr 29, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Before I Go To Sleep
My negative attitude is a ruse, I swear it. I am such a positive little outlooker. Nearly every book I read starts off with five stars in my head. It...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 14, 2011
Mrs. Dalloway
Experiencing Mrs. Dalloway is like being a piece of luggage on an airport conveyor belt, traversing lazily through a crowd of passengers, over and aro...more
Jun 10, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
Beautiful Ruins
Preconcetti sventato ancora una volta!

Whoever designed the cover of this novel and came up with its title (because I refuse to believe either of these...more
May 17, 2013
Oct 30, 2012
Alright, it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.

Being a pseudo-biochemist (pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a bio...more
Sep 22, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
Let the Right One In
Yo, lesson for you, Stephenie: this is how you write a fucking vampire novel.

So you can run and tell THAT.

Oct 24, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Defending Jacob
I’ve always had a weakness for these mystery/crime thrillers—you know, the dragon tattoos and angels & demons of the world? I suppose I should be...more
Apr 15, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
I am what some might call a pussy hiker. I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the “mountains” of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. I lik...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 24, 2011
A Fine Balance
Liking this book makes no sense. Not only are its characters subjected to like, the bleakest set of circumstances ever, but then those circumstances a...more
Feb 19, 2013
Dec 15, 2012
The Help
“It's true. There are some racists in this town,” Miss Leefolt say.
Miss Hilly nod her head, “Oh, they're out there.”

Law, this book be good! I’m on tel...more
Jun 23, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Have you ever see that 1997 film Life Is Beautiful? No? Well, it’s about this Italian Jew who is sent to a concentration camp with his wife and son du...more
Mar 21, 2012
Jun 18, 2011
Still Missing
Hey, I have a recommendation!

Yeah, if anyone’s looking for some really hollow characters who behave in ways that make no freaking sense, plot developm...more
Dec 10, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
This book has the coolest cover ever. What’s great, though, is that the coolness doesn’t end there.

Charlie and Eli sisters are Gold Rush–era contract...more
Apr 12, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
There are two reasons to love this play.

The first reason is Lady Macbeth. Man, that girl has got it goin’ on. Have you ever found yourself in the runn...more
Nov 29, 2012
Jan 22, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
Tony Webster is a shallow douchebag.

First of all, let’s get something straight. I don’t believe people should be judged too harshly for behavior they...more
May 28, 2012
Nov 10, 2011
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
I’ve pretty much stopped buying lunch at my work cafeteria because no matter how often the description of the day’s entrée induces those salivary glan...more
Mar 08, 2013
Oct 16, 2010
Holidays on Ice
I feel weird reviewing this book right now because the honest truth is: I really genuinely did not like it. And yet I’ve been called out recently by a...more
Jan 03, 2013
Sep 28, 2011
The Grapes of Wrath
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

This book really gets my goat. Those poor,...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 06, 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A few months ago a stylish looking British adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was released in theaters and I was intrigued. But I knew better....more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
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